Hola From Barcelona
04.25.2012 - 04.25.2012 76 °F
Arrive Barcelona at 4 am this morning and disembarked around 8:30 am after a good breakfast and last minute packing as the ship partied last night with a comedy show and Dualing Piano Show called Howling at the Moon singing until midnight or so.
Did a 5 hour city highlight tour of Barcelona with 5 others and was great orientation for the city. Barcelona is a beautiful city of 1.7 million and quite sped out so will need to learn the subway and buses. My soccer match on Sunday is about 6 miles away so will certainly take subway although the game will be played at 6pm so need to make sure I'm comfortable otherwise will take taxi. Barcelona a bad reputation for pick pockets so everything will now locked in room safe and I will not wear any jewelry and only take minimal money and one credit card hidden well.
Hotel is very nice and well located near Las Ramblas the main fun street and great view from 8th floor room of Guadi's Sandgria Familia Basilica. Its the very weird shaped multi steeple very Salvador Dali looking building that they have been building only with donations for common folk so they estimate it will be completed by 2026 for Guadi's 100 anniversary of this death. Guadi also has left his mark on several other incredible buildings (former residences) and Guell Park where is house is located and a beautifil park with only a few other homes now Unesco World Heritage Sites. I was very impressed with Las Ramblas and definately want to go back to the Mercado there which makes Pikes Market look like a Quik Stop. Its incredible with fresh local meat, seafood, produce and you name it that's edible. I had fresh prawns quickly as we toured and loved them. I think this is where my Gourmet Tapa's walking tour starts at 10 am on Wednesday (yum, yum!).
Sorry for lack of photos but now that I am at hotel with high or higher speed than that ripoff ship internet and its free so will start uploading more photos of ship highlights and of course Barcelona. Next 4 days Barcelona exploration!
Adios for now - they don't speak spanish in its true sense but instead some form of their own. This part of Spain is very unhappy with Madrid seat of government and are very tired of paying taxes that get used mostly by Madrid. Sounds like Seattle vs Spokane lol!
Wow, can't keep my eyes open so will be early night for me for touring tomorrow. My cortizone shot I got before I left did not last long and man my shoulder hurts which really saps my energy but will push through and very much home sick to say the least!